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PFC 102 - Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction

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Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction


Learn to read blueprints. "Blueprint" is the historic name for construction documents. Contractors build the design and follow the drawings included in the set of "blueprints."

Led by your instructor, who is a licensed architect, you will review the construction documents for a real-world, mixed-use commercial project which includes hotel, retail and parking. We will walk through the set of architectural and all engineering construction documents. We will also review the project specifications for the mixed-use project

Many people in the construction industry can benefit professionally by learning how to read a set of blueprints, also known as construction documents (CDs).

VDCI encourages a strong online engagement. Participate in group discussion forums. Connect with your instructor and message your classmates. Join us in the VDCI Student Lounge, where our current students and alumni share information and help one another.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to make the connections and references between multiple documents contained in a set of blueprint drawings and will be qualified to enroll in the AutoCAD courses.



Training Time

20 Clock Hours


Course Type

Lecture Based





Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of Construction Documents (blueprints) for a Mixed-Use Commercial project.
  • Analyze different drawings and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents.
  • Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits.
  • Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Documents.
  • Gain experience understanding how 3D model presentations within a set of construction documents makes the construction documents easier to understand the project.


Here is the course outline:

Welcome & Resources

Jan 1

Topic 1: Blueprint Reading Basics

Jan 1

Topic 2: Cover Sheet & Floor Plans

Topic 3: Elevations, Sections & Wall Types

Topic 4: Enlarged Drawings & Occupancy/Egress

Topic 5: Interior Design & Civil

Topic 6: Structural

Topic 7: Mechanical

Topic 8: Electrical

Topic 9: Plumbing

Topic 10: Technology & Project Specifications

Course Completion Survey and Certificate


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

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